Albany Entertainment Centre is one of Australia’s premier regional performing arts and conference venues. The facility, uniquely located at the edge of Albany’s magnificent Princess Royal Harbour, has since opening its doors in December 2010 attracted touring productions with international and national acclaim to the shores of south-west WA.
Its magnificent Princess Royal Theatre has, with its state-of-the-art fit-out and remarkable acoustics, hosted productions from companies such as Bell Shakespeare, the Sydney Dance Company and WA’s own Black Swan State Theatre Company. Smaller and local productions alike – from cabaret musicals to classical ensembles and fully-fledged brass bands – have also taken to the theatre’s stage, wowing audiences and selling out seats time and time again.
Princess Royal Harbour is at the heart of Great Southern history. Home for thousands of years to Noongar people, the harbour also hosted Western Australia’s first European settlers, welcomed early immigrants, fare-welled the ANZAC troops and accommodated a bustling port trade. Now this historic and beautiful foreshore is graced by the stunning Albany Entertainment Centre, focal point of the region’s performing arts.
In 2006, architects Cox Howlett and Bailey Woodland were commissioned to design the Albany Entertainment Centre as the Albany Waterfront’s centre-piece. DORIC started work in 2008 on the $70 million project, with $68.8 million in State Government funds through the GSDC, and $1.2 million in City of Albany funding. Completed in September 2010, the Albany Entertainment Centre stands proudly by Princess Royal Harbour, taking its place in Great Southern history as the region’s premier performing arts and convention centre.